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Networking Your Way to a New Job or Career

Posted by Editor on August 25, 2008

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

 

Career experts estimate that the vast majority of job openings are never advertised or publicly announced, but filled through word-of-mouth or networking — known as the “hidden job market.” The likelihood of a job opening not being advertised at all increases with the level of the job. Yet, even with this knowledge, most job seekers fail to fully utilize networking for all it’s worth.

 

Networking means developing a broad list of contacts — people you’ve met through various social and business functions — and using them to your advantage when you look for a job. People in your network may be able to give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular company or industry, and introduce you to other so that you can expand your network.

 

The best place to start developing your network is with your family, friends, and neighbors — and with their family, friends, and neighbors, but don’t stop there. Talk to co-workers, colleagues in your industry, and those you meet at industry gatherings, such as trade shows and conferences. Talk with former co-workers, bosses, and teachers….

 

Find this excellent article at:  Quintessential Careers (TM) at:  http://www.quintcareers.com/networking_guide.html 

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One Response to “Networking Your Way to a New Job or Career”

  1. Just a quick word of thanks for sharing this article of mine from QuintCareers.com, one of the Web’s most comprehensive career site, with lots more networking resources for job-seekers. (And networking is the most important thing job-seekers can do to find job leads.)

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